Are you interesting in refining existing friendships and starting new ones through the MHPN? After all, this is the Michigan Historic Preservation NETWORK! What better way to NETWORK than over delicious appetizers and desserts, refreshing drinks, and a spectacular venue?
Over the past few years, the Network has been able to visit a variety of places, like Vinology in downtown Ann Arbor, the Saugatuck-Douglas Pump House Museum, a farmhouse in Saginaw, and the backyard of a beautifully restored home in Arden Park, Detroit. So, how do house parties work? A nominal donation is made to MHPN by the attendees and our hosts supply the venue, drink and some food. Typically, party goers include owners, designers, contractors, consultants, and history buffs! At one of these events, that lasted just a few hours, the Network raised $3,000! There was no silent auction, no raffle or other fundraiser; just an elegant evening of friendships and networking with a small cover charge.
So, the question becomes where next? Are you willing to open your home? Do you have a project you want to show off and the owner would let us ‘play’ for a bit? Do you have a favorite house museum or restaurant where you could host a small event? Keep in mind as a group we love old things, but really cherish quality construction, and thrive for buildings under construction/renovation! The venue is not required to be ‘historic’!
We need your support and commitment. Help promote the MHPN and raise much needed funds for our programs. We will guide and assist you. All you need are a venue, commitment and willingness to host an event. Or, if you are unable to host at this time, do you know someone who might be willing to?
Please send ideas, ideally with contact information, to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can learn more about our coming house parties by contacting us at the same address.
Past House Parties:
- Embrace your Triskaidekaphobia! Royal Oak, July 2012
- Tall Ship Party, South Haven, June 2012
- Commune, Royal Oak, December 3, 2008
- Cafe Habana, Ann Arbor, November 12, 2008
- Vinology, Ann Arbor, September 6, 2007
- Bastone, Royal Oak, February 23, 2006